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Second English Presbyterian Church of Amwell
Mt Airy, West Amwell Township, Hunterdon County

A few miles west of Lambertville lies a clutch of buildings including the old stone tavern and warehouse in the background of this photograph where provisions for the Continental army were stored. It later served as an important warehouse for freight wagons operating between Philadelphia and New York.
     There are conflicting dates for the founding of this church: a late 19th century historian (Snell) notes 1754 as the date the first Presbyterian church was erected in MT Airy, which he located in East Amwell, by the “Amwell Germans.” The first surviving document, dated March 16, 1786, renounced allegiance to the King and pledges allegiance to the government of the colonies.
     There was an old slave cemetery west of the church, the graves being marked with plain fieldstones and no inscriptions. This building was erected in 1874. It's a shame it is not clad in aluminum, as much of the texture and details are lost.







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